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Mets: Jerry Blevins claimed and blocked on waivers

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Jerry Blevins
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Jerry Blevins
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Jerry Blevins can’t be traded this season and will remain with the Mets as expected

Jerry Blevins was claimed on waivers and blocked by the New York Mets as reported by Jon Heyman. That means the Mets cannot trade him and will as expected, have him in the fold for 2018. Blevins has a $7 million club option for next season.

The 33-year old southpaw reportedly drew some interest before the non-waiver deadline. However, Sandy Alderson has maintained all along that trading Blevins wasn’t a priority. This season, Blevins has pitched in 53 games and recorded a 2.78 ERA. He has 50 strikeouts in just 35.2 innings (12.6 per nine innings).

Blevins has been an integral part of the Mets’ bullpen in late game situations. He will be penciled in for that slot once again next season alongside Jeurys Familia and the newly acquired AJ Ramos. Blevins has been a solid piece for the Mets since he was acquired from Washington before the 2015 season. In 82.2 innings with the Mets, Blevins has allowed just 64 hits and has registered a 2.61 ERA and a 2.91 FIP.

It’s been a dominant season for Blevins against lefties. There have been a couple of overall stretches with hiccups during the summer, but Blevins has continued to hold lefty bats powerless. This season, opposing left-handed hitters are batting .176 and have just one extra base hit against Blevins in 91 at-bats.

The Mets’ bullpen has been a mess, but Blevins has been a constant through the revolving door of relievers. This season, Terry Collins has used 16 pitchers out of the pen with little success. The Mets have a pen ERA of 4.69, 28th in the majors. The Mets as a unit have walked 178 batters, fourth most in the league. Blevins has been the antithesis of the Mets’ relief corps.

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This is one deal where Alderson got a great return on investment. The Mets traded Matt den Dekker for Blevins in a straight up swap and re-signed him before this season. He has been a model of consistency and will factor heavily into the Mets’ bullpen plans as they look to retool the roster to contend again in 2018.

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